I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.
As soon as I saw the title of this book I knew I needed to read it! Over the years I have been that mom that is always saying, "Hurry up!" I have really been asking God to help me and sharing with you here how he is helping me, but I know that God is still working on un hurrying me. Thankfully Durenda( the author) was kind enough not only to give me a copy, but one to one of my readers as well!! I am so excited to be able to share this encouraging resource with you.
Reading this book was like a breath of fresh air to my homeschooling mama heart.
I literally shed tears of relief as I read her heart for homeschoolers to walk in freedom not in fear. I realized through reading her book that so much of the pressure that I put on myself and my children is out of fear. Fear they won't succeed, fear that they are not keeping up with the public school system and fear that I am not a good enough teacher. I constantly have to remind myself not to base how I homeschool on these fears. I know that they are not founded on truths.
I feel like everything she wrote about an unhurried homeschool is what I have believed homeschooling to be about all along. I felt like she was speaking directly to me as I nodded my head in agreement and gave a hearty, "Amen sister!"
In my homeschooling journey I have been daily trying to slow down my tendencies to want to try to fit as much as possible in one day. But then I start thinking about all the things I am "supposed" to be teaching my children and there I go again...hurrying.
Not only does Durenda show you how to apply unhurrying to your home school but she shares studies to back up her theories, not only from credible sources but from her own 8 children! I love how she gave her children time to explore their interests and time to grow in areas that they were not excelling in at a young age but later on they more than excelled in these areas.
I have even seen this to be true for my own children. One example is of my son Judah. He was really struggling to read last year in 2nd grade. I felt I shouldn't push him any harder and just left him be over the summer. As we started third grade I was amazed at how all of a sudden he could read perfectly! Now I find him reading all the time without me even asking him! I can't take any credit for this but I know that by waiting till he was ready made such a huge difference in him wanting to read and in his ability to do so.
In this book you will not find someone telling you exactly how to homeschool or what the best curriculums are but you will find what I think we are all looking for as homeschoolers; a clear and definitive affirmation of why we started homeschooling in the first place.
We all want what is best for our children and families and that is why we chose to homeschool.
Durenda simply shares from her heart why we don't have to try to keep up with the public school system and why we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves and our children.
Like many of you, I homeschool my children for a number of reasons. One of which is that I want them to have a childhood free from stress and worry and loads of homework and testings. This in no way means that my children don't have to do things they don't like, or any book work or tests; it just means that I believe they should be free to be children and not have to face all the peer pressure and challenges that we as adults have to deal with.
If you are like me and need to constantly be reminded that you are the best teacher for your children and that you are teaching them life skills and qualities that are going to go far beyond what a book can teach or a test can determine...this book is for you!
I would love for you to enter the giveaway to receive your very own autographed copy of Durenda Wilson's book "The Unhurried Homeschooler" The giveaway will run for 2 weeks! Open to all!
The catch phrase for her book is "A simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling." This is really true as I read through it in an afternoon not only because it was short but chocked full of such great encouragement and truths that I couldn't put it down! I really could go on and on about it but I hope you will enter the giveaway or purchase a copy for yourself!---> The Unhurried Homeschooler
Can you relate to me as well and find yourself hurrying yourself and your children?
Do you put pressure on yourself and your children to keep up?
Why did you start homeschooling?
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